Day 7: The Way of the Cross

Day 7: The Way of the Cross

“A pilgrim travels differently, always in a pilgrimage there is a change in mind and a change in heart.” —John O’Donohue. As a pilgrim I have come full circle walking in Jesus’ footsteps in the Holy Land from Jesus’ nativity in Bethlehem,...
Day 6: Gethsemane

Day 6: Gethsemane

Today we entered into the beginning of Jesus’ Passion. It began with Mass at the church of Gethsemane overlooking Jerusalem. It is difficult to describe my emotion as we gathered in solemn celebration around the rock where Jesus collapsed in prayer in the Garden...
Day 5: Bethlehem

Day 5: Bethlehem

Today we visited the Church Of the Nativity in Bethlehem and venerated the grotto where Jesus was born. We were uplifted by the crowds of people silently funneling down the steep, hard, worn, stone steps into the underground grotto to kiss and touch the hallowed spot...
Day 4: Jordan River & Bethany

Day 4: Jordan River & Bethany

Today was a beautiful day of prayer, as each of the prior four days has been. In fact, the whole day was a prayer! It was bittersweet to leave Galilee, I could have stayed there much longer. Each day there was such a gift; full of graces. I had a beautiful meditation...
Day 3: The Sea of Galilee and Magdala

Day 3: The Sea of Galilee and Magdala

Each day, I have been overwhelmed by the proximity of Jesus and the disciples. Standing near where Jesus preached the Beatitudes and seeing the Bay of Parables brought these stories to life in a new way. Yesterday, it was as if Mary, the mother of Jesus, was walking...